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Homemade Cashew Butter

Once you make this, I guarantee it will become a staple in your home... cashews are full of healthy fats, rich in minerals, antioxidants, and taste delicious. 

It's so simple to make homemade nut butters and there are many ways to consume them! 

Here are some of my favorite ways I use cashew butter:

  • Slathered on apples or celery
  • Use in smoothies to make them more delicious than you can imagine.
  • Subbed in any dish asking for nut butters like peanut, almond, etc.
  • Use in Asian dishes & sauces
  • Add to salad dressings! 
  • Perfect in raw desserts!  
  • Smothered on a toasted slice of sourdough bread, topped with honey, and hemp seeds. OMG, so good! 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 cups organic raw unsalted cashews (4 cups to roast and 1 cup raw)
  • 1 tsp Celtic salt or any sea salt will do.

Tools Needed:

  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Food Processor 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment...

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Homemade Salad Dressings - 6 Important Components

Learning how to make homemade salad dressings is such an important life skill...

...okay well maybe not a life skill but it sure does making eating and dipping veggies easier, more nutrient (yes eating veggies with ample fat is SO important), and SO much more delicious. 

The trick to making delicious salad dressing are these components: 

  1.  Garlic & Onions 

    Garlic - 
    Fresh pressed, crushed, or diced garlic not only adds so much flavor and balance to dressings, it also is a gut superfood! Unless you are allergic, it's a food that is perfect to include daily. It's pretty much included in every savory meal I cook. 

    Onions -
    Diced red, yellow, white, green onions are all recommended to use. Take your pick. My favorite onion for dressings are shallots! They have a slight sweetness that really ups the flavor profile. Chives are also amazingly flavorful and delicious. 
  2. The right kind of healthy fat - 

    Healthy fats should be included in EVERY...
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Simple Curly Kale Salad

This is a simple salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. It's so good for digestion and giving us the fiber we need for a healthy gut! 

 Kale has so many health benefits! It promotes detoxification, skin health, has tons of antioxidants, and has ample fiber... which we all need more of in our diets! Pair kale with lemon juice, also super detoxifying, onion, which our gut bugs love to eat, and extra virgin olive oil, the healthy fat... you have magic! 

The nuts add more healthy fat to help you absorb all of those amazing fat-soluble vitamins! 

The trick to making curly kale easier to eat, massage it with oil! It breaks down the hard fibers! Sautéing kale is also one of my favorite side dishes... I'll post that recipe soon too. 

Okay enough chit-chat... let's do this: 

 Ingredients: 

  • 1 bunch of organic curly kale 
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced 
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 4 Tbsps. grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup roasted pine...
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Asian Inspired Cabbage Slaw

This salad is my most loved. It's my go-to when I'm headed to a BBQ or a get together... because no matter what is served, this salad is a meal in itself! Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and TONS of nutrients... it's worth EVERY amount of effort. 

I highly recommend making 2 batches of this. The dressing is SOOOO freaking yummy and is good on any vegetable known to man. It can even be used as a marinade. 

The base of the salad combines super antioxidant rich vegetables that nourish your body. Red cabbage boosts the immune system as it is one of the top vitamin C foods on the planet!! It helps fight inflammation, arthritis, AND promotes a healthy gut!

Cilantro is AMAZING at removing heavy metals from our body such as aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium! (Source) Also this salad is full of plant protein! The amount of quinoa in this salad boasts 12 grams of protein! Combing with raw garlic and ginger? Come on! What more do you need in a salad? NOTHING!

Serving food that...

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Homemade Coconut Yogurt

 

I must say that making your very own coconut yogurt feels like such a huge accomplishment! As I discussed in another blog post, The Benefits of Fermented Foods and How to Eat More of Them, making your own coconut yogurt can be an easy way to get good probiotics and healthy gut-healing properties into your and your family's bellies! 

Check out my video above to learn how you can easily make this in 12 hours! 

Here's what you need: 

Starter Yogurt - This can be a store-bought coconut yogurt like GT's Cocoyo or another clean option. You just need a couple tablespoons. Once your batch is ready you can always use that as your starter to make your next batch! 

Coconut Cream - I love Trader Joe's organic canned options. It's affordable and super fatty and yummy! Any coconut cream will do, just make sure it's void of any gums or preservatives! 

Hand Mixer or Blender - This is helpful when you have coconut cream that is separated, especially when it's cold......

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SALMON SALAD

I rarely post recipes as everything I make is just intuitively thrown together. BUT so many people who I’ve fed this dish to LOVE it so I did my work and measured it all out!

The thing is this salad is so delicious and nourishing. Full of good fats, proteins, and yummy-ness this is a common dish we have at the Wells household.

Wild-caught salmon is so nourishing AND satiating! One of the most wonderful things it contains is anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which are PARAMOUNT to good health! Check out this article – 17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids!

Do you know what else I love about this concoction? You can add SO many nourishing and nutrient-dense herbs! Not only do herbs provide incredible flavors but are packed with SO many health benefits… it’s not even funny.

The herbs I love to use are:

#1 DILL! Dill is a good source of vitamin C (awesome antioxidant), fiber (vital for your gut!), folate (your cells need it to divide and...

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HOMEMADE AND GUT HEALING JELLO

Remember those jello packages we used to make with our moms?

Strawberry Jello contains: (SugarGelatin, Adipic Acid (For Tartness), Contains Less Than 2% Of Artificial Flavor, Disodium Phosphate And SodiumCitrate (Control Acidity), Fumaric Acid (For Tartness), Red 40.)

Full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals, this shit should be banned and NEVER allowed to be fed to kid. Luckily this nourishing gummy / jello recipe is not only healthy, provides lots of protein, antioxidants, and minerals… it doesn’t contain all that SHIT!!!

The ingredient that creates the mixture to “gel” is gelatin, which has a plethora of health benefits:

    • Improves Gut Health and Digestion.
    • Protects Joints and Lowers Joint Pain.
    • Helps Improve Sleep Quality.
    • Lifts Your Mood and Improves Cognitive Abilities
    • Improves Skin Health
    • Helps Maintain Heart Health
    • Maintains Strong Bones
    • Helps You Feel Full

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BEET, APPLE, FENNEL SALAD

The liver is the most important detoxification organ in our body! It works DAY and NIGHT to take care of us, so it’s paramount we take care of it!

This salad is created with nourishing plants that support the liver and other organs that work in tandem with it. The star ingredient in this salad is beets and beet greens. High in betalains, beets helps reduce inflammation, protect against oxidative stress and can help reduce risk of liver damage. They are also a wonderful source of fiber and vitamin C, which naturally cleanse the digestive system.

Also, I love using cold pressed flaxseed oil as it is high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids (essential to life), can help help improve gut and skin health. I add it to all my homemade salad dressings and smoothies!

Okay let’s do this!

Ingredients:

1 large beet, grated

1/2 apple, grated

1/2 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 cup beet greens, finely chopped

Juice from 2 whole lemons

3-4 Tbsp of organic, cold-pressed flaxseed oil

Directions:

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GUT HEALING BONE BROTH LATTE

This recipe combines some of the most healing foods in all the land. Garlic, ginger, bone broth, ghee, turmeric, lemon, sea salt & pepper. There are SO many articles that speak to why all these foods are SO medicinal so I won’t bore you or make you scroll for 2 days before you get to the recipe.

Just know that nourishing the body with all these healing foods can be ideal especially when you aren’t feeling your best or your worst. We make these during the cold & flu season or anytime one of us feels like something may be coming on.

This can also be eaten/drank for a meal! The protein and fat content are perfect to create a satiating and nourishing liquid meal.

Quick note on bone broth. I’ll have a whole blog post coming soon on this subject, but in the mean time, it is SO important to note that bone broth is one of the most nutrient-dense and nourishing foods we can consume. It is loaded with all the nutrients we need to live and function at our best.

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GRASS-FED CHILI WITH BONE BROTH

When Fall comes it brings cooler weather inspiring us to warm up our dishes in the kitchen. This has to be one of my favorite cold-weather soups. Make a huge batch and nourish yourself for days!

I love adding in bone broth to add make the dish more nutrient dense. I’ll be posting my bone broth recipe soon too!

The main ingredient in this chili is of course…. GROUND BEEF! Now let’s just visit the importance of sourcing meat. If you’re here, I doubt you need education on the health and environmental issues conventional meat creates. This is why I ONLY eat grass fed AND grass finished beef. My absolute FAVORITE source of this conscious and clean meat is Arizona Grass Raised Beef Company.

I just love how many veggies and flavors this chili has. Living in New Mexico we add green or red chile to everything, so this dish was topped with a red chile sauce I made. If you don’t have access to red chile I suggest sprinkling some red pepper flakes or adding...

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